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Bottleworks XI Anniversary Ale - Big Sky Brewing Company

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Bottleworks XI Anniversary AleBottleworks XI Anniversary Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

53 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 13.67%
Wants: 47
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Sky Brewing Company visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bgramer on 02-24-2010)
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Alieniloquium

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Big khaki head. Wispy surface. Medium collar.

Smell - Yogurty lactic sourness. A little bit of wine. Chocolate.

Taste - Sharp sourness right up front. Red wine grapes. Yogurt. Lactic sourness.

Mouthfeel - Really sour. Tough to drink. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Way over the hill and too sour to be interesting.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2014 03:06:03 | More by Alieniloquium
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Gobzilla

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-02-2014 20:18:40 | More by Gobzilla
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LumpkinBrews

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-24-2014 20:39:14 | More by LumpkinBrews
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Eighty

Washington

2/5  rDev -49.4%

03-20-2014 18:49:13 | More by Eighty
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strongaf

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-09-2014 01:29:22 | More by strongaf
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Adamostella

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-05-2014 00:15:44 | More by Adamostella
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rab53

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-21-2013 07:13:27 | More by rab53
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tectactoe

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks for splitting this gem, Tim! Bottleworks XI pours out somewhere along the lines of black, though not *completely* black; still laced with shades of deep, deep mahogany and brown, swarming with little chunks of hanging, yeasty sediment. A creamy, two-finger light mocha foam rests on top the brew and though it leaves minimal lacing, shows good longevity.

A battle of wits takes place with each sniff; both stouty-sharp and fruity-sweet at once without wandering too, too far into the tart side of things. Sticky, heavy molasses, toffee, cocoa, dark figs and prunes, all coupled with heavy vinous aromas of oak, red wine, sharp and mildly acidic grapes with a lightly tart tingle, but not exactly "sour", per se. Enigmatic, raunchy, and almost so wrong that it feels so right.

Up front, the first sip contains a very light tartness that tickles the senses in such an unexpectedly pleasant way; the taste follows up with grapes, prunes, raisins... lots of dark-ish fruits, all exhibiting a somewhat vinous character, perched upon a solid subset of oak and wine-like flavors. The mild tartness turns quickly to a mellow sweetness as the fruits rush in - about halfway through is when the "stout" portion of the beer starts to turn the tables.

Mild roast, molasses, a bit of sweet brown sugar and a light touch of finishing cocoa powder. The stout is a little more underplayed on the palate as the red wine aged aspect of the beer shines the most, from start to finish, but I still feel like the execution and final product was done really well. Smooth and very light bourbon notes in the finish, though the wine barrels are still far more prominent. Medium bodied, slick mouth feel; low and smooth, rolling carbonation.

Hmmm... another dark fruit-centric stout aged in wine barrels, granting us a mildly tart... stout. Sounds out of whack, and I know many people aren't exactly on board with this spectrum ranging style, but I find myself enjoying it more and more, and I very much appreciated this beer. Good mix of sweet and tart without going *too* sour, and retaining just enough stout-like qualities to keep it from changing styles completely. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 13:37:12 | More by tectactoe
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark, but not as dark as some Impy stouts. About a finger of mocha tan head.

Smell is almost funky off a small whiff while pouring, lots of oak and bourbon, smooth caramel and vanilla, and yes, a bit of funk going on here.

Taste...ummm...interesting. Smell and appearance was leading to stout, taste was a dark sour. Suppose this is the wine barrel aging coming out. Lots of acidity for such a dark beer. Some of the stout flavors come out, but it’s mostly the sour parts in the taste.

Very mellow and surprisingly drinkable. Unique to say the least.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 02:03:05 | More by Smurf2055
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bifrost17

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-02-2013 04:12:39 | More by bifrost17
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mdaschaf

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-27-2013 19:15:54 | More by mdaschaf
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stx00lax

Washington

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-17-2013 17:55:22 | More by stx00lax
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.3%

05-13-2013 03:45:57 | More by Kelp
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AlexFields

Tennessee

3.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Shared by CurtisMcArthur at TN whales tasting 3/16/2013.

Pours dark brown/near black, body looks fine but only a touch of head.

Smells of sweet bourbon, caramel candy, a hint of port or wine or something vaguely fruity.

Tastes of bourbon, slightly tart wine, a touch of paper/cardboard, tangy fruit, not as good as regular Ivan and probably past its prime, but far from bad.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin.

Probably slightly past its prime, would've liked to try it fresh, but this is still pretty good.

6.4/10

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 16:52:42 | More by AlexFields
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-23-2013 00:14:51 | More by starrdogg
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

01-18-2013 04:47:10 | More by spycow
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-14-2012 13:08:20 | More by Satchboogie
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-23-2012 02:32:48 | More by t0rin0
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RWNewhouse

Montana

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

05-31-2012 18:13:00 | More by RWNewhouse
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

04-24-2012 04:59:02 | More by ygtbsm94
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

03-02-2012 08:15:37 | More by ithinkimasofa
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marine1975

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-29-2012 01:40:24 | More by marine1975
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GehenHerzog

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-29-2012 01:37:36 | More by GehenHerzog
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to nkersten for opening this at AgentZero’s birthday.

Appearance – Pours a dark black into a tulip with a half finger of dark tan head that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving some faint lacing.

Smell – Smell’s similar to the recent Captain Lawrence Smoke From The Oak (Wine Barrel Aged) American Porter I had. Dark roast up front, slight cocoa, and some vinous wine notes. The other beer had a bit more of an “infected” aroma while this one really does have red wine qualities. Slight oak as the beer warms but not as prevalent as in the aforementioned beer.

Taste – Very pleasant, as I was hoping and expecting. Roasted, burnt malts mixed with grapes, mixed with vanilla, mixed with chocolate. Well put together and the flavors meld better than expected.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – Not the best beer of the night, but surprisingly good overall. Would have loved to do a side by side with the CL SFTO (WBA). Glad to have tried this.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2012 03:59:10 | More by SpdKilz
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vissai

California

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

01-16-2012 15:39:29 | More by vissai
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Bottleworks XI Anniversary Ale from Big Sky Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.